Orthodox Christians need to remain faithful to their traditions.
In the Christian tradition of both east and west, the twelve days of Christmas refer to the period from Christmas Day to Theophany. The days leading up to Christmas were for preparation; a practice affirmed in the Orthodox tradition by the Christmas fast that runs from November 15 to Christmas day. The celebration of Christmas did not begin until the first of the twelve days.
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Dr. John (Ellsworth) Hutchison-Hall is an Eastern Orthodox Christian theologian, philosopher, historian, and cultural commentator. Author of the acclaimed Orthodox Saints of the British Isles
series, Dr. Hutchison-Hall has also compiled several service books. He served as a Field Education Supervisor for seminarians and as both a disaster response and hospital chaplain. Dr. Hutchison-Hall has lectured widely and written on pastoral care in disaster response. In addition to providing pastoral counselling, Dr. Hutchison-Hall runs support groups for people with mental illness.
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